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Elizabeth Means Highlights FGCU’s Play at Miami Invite
Sunday, October 14, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)

MAIMI, Fla. – FGCU women’s tennis freshman Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) continued the strong start to her first season in the Green and Blue at the Miami Invitation this weekend, posting a pair of singles wins in a competitive field that included the host Hurricanes and Maryland.

Means rebounded from an opening round loss in the Singles Orange Draw with back-to-back wins on Saturday. Means took down fellow Atlantic Sun foe Mariella Calderon of UNF, 6-3, 6-2, before advancing to Sunday’s consolation final with a dramatic comeback win over Maryland’s Sarah Gealer in three sets.

Means returned to the court on Sunday for the consolation final and played her third three-set match of the weekend, this time falling to UNF’s Rebeca Pereira, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-2. With three singles wins on the year and a Flight “D” singles title at the UCF Invitational in hand, Means was the only player on the weekend to take a set from eventual Singles Orange Draw champion Nicholle Stracar of Miami.

FGCU will have a quick turnaround to the USTA/ITA Regionals hosted by USF in Tampa, as it will send a program record five players to the regional. Play opens on Friday and continues through Sunday.

SINGLES DRAW (ORANGE)
Nicolle Stracar (Miami) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) – 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Mariella Calderon (UNF) – 6-3, 6-2
Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Sarah Gealer (Maryland) – 6-3, 6-7(1), 1-0 (10-6)
Rebeca Pereira (UNF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) – 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Taylor Hollander (UNF) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 6-2, 6-2
Isabela Miro (Barry) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 6-2, 6-3
Akemi Maehama (Barry) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 7-6(11), 6-0

SINGLES DRAW (GREEN)
Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
Lorena Aviles (UNF) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-3
Vroni Van Berlo (Maryland) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-2, 6-0
Elisabeth Abanda (Barry) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-2, 6-0
Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Welma Luus (Maryland) – WD
Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-2
Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Linda Fritschken (Barry) – 7-6(6), 6-3

DOUBLES DRAW (ORANGE)
Abanda/Onila (Barry) def. Sterkel/Botha (FGCU) – 9-7
Van Berlo/Gealer (Maryland) def. Sterkel/Botha – 8-4

DOUBLES DRAW (GREEN)
Aviles/Aguirre (UNF) def. Means/Means (FGCU) – 8-1